This is is a very clear and concise intro to macroeconomics. Having only read one of Bernanke's books previously (the one on Great Depression), which was much more technical and specialized, I was pleased to find something that would do for a more general review. I was also familiar with a few of prof. Frank's previous books on econ, and I think this is his best book yet.
There has been a trend in recent years to write shorter introductory econ books that go into just a few principles in depth and give the reader a better analytical background. Since this book was only about 500 pages and my original intro to econ book was almost 1000 pages, I can see things have changed since my undergrad days.
About a year ago I read Thomas Sowell's intro to econ book, but although clear and easy to read, I liked this one better although it will probably come across as somewhat more technical to most readers. For one thing, this book has more graphs, which I like in econ books, whereas Sowell's book surprisingly doesn't use them. You can certainly write a book on econ without graphs, but I like graphs in econ books (my not being especially brilliant at higher math) and this one uses them well. I found the coverage of the various topics to be quite good and the book easy to read and to learn from.
The chapter summaries, review questions, and problem sets are also well done and really add to the book's usefulness.
Prices have certainly gone up on textbooks since I was a student, but this one is worth the money. I'd be disposed to buy the companion book on micro by the same authors after reading this one.